At Glasdon, we are passionate about our environment and committed to continuously improving our environmental performance. We continue to integrate sustainable and ethical practice in our day-to-day activities and aim to be an economically, environmentally and socially responsible member of the local and global community. We have invested considerable resources in understanding our impact on the environment and are accredited under ISO 14001, the internationally recognised Environmental Management System.
The core of our business is to provide quality products which improve public spaces, enhance water and road safety and to protect the environment. These products help communities, businesses, schools and our other customers to practice sustainability.
We invest in product innovation for the future. In designing new products we consider sustainability throughout the product lifecycle.
Wherever possible we design our products using recycled and recyclable materials. We continually research new sustainable technologies and manufacturing processes to allow us to achieve this.
We have recently upgraded our lighting systems in our insulated warehouse facility in Virginia to be T5.
Within the UK, our new Innovation and Export Centre which won the "Blackpool Civic Trust Design in Excellence Award 2010", was built using high quality solar glazing and utilizes highly efficient source heat pumps for the heating and cooling of the building. Excess heat generated within the building is also used to heat the hot water supply. The building was constructed to be 30% more efficient than the current Air Leakage Standards and has also been tested and shown to have an energy rating that is 20% lower than the current industry standard for new office buildings. Water and Electrical usage is monitored on a regular basis.
In January 2016 we installed a 30kWp solar PV system to the roof of Glasdon House. It is estimated that the 120 solar panels will generate around 21,660kWh of electricity a year.Glasdon House will use approximately 36% (7,800kWh) of the energy produced from the panels with the surplus renewable energy being exported directly into the national grid.The annual CO2 saving has been estimated at 12.08 tonnes which equates to 278 tonnes over the 25yr life expectancy of the panels.
Our Working Practices
Our company travel plan encourages employees to take part in video or telephone conferencing rather than visiting suppliers and customers. We are also in the process of replacing company vehicles with Hybrids and currently have 15 in our fleet. This has helped us to reduce the CO2 impact of our fleet by approx. 32 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.
We continue to reduce our paper waste by emphasising the use of email rather than postal communication and discourage printing. Our waste management process encourages employees to reduce, reuse and recycle – with the use of our own fantastic recycling stations.
Throughout our supply chain we emphasise the importance of purchasing goods which have minimal impact on natural resources and avoid exploitation of individuals, communities and organisations.